If there was ever a season to be making the most of the salmon around the beaches and inshore land based spots then this year has been it. The salmon have
been unstoppable this winter and by normal accounts should stay strong until the water temperature starts warming up - so around the start of October
or so. While there are still days when conditions aren't favourable and the fishing is hard work, the fish have been cooperating more often than not.
Speaking of unfavourable conditions the wind recently has been typical of late winter winds, constantly strong but also with a fair bit of north to it.
Northerly winds make beach fishing somewhat easier, generally better than anything with south in it, so although the forecast might be strong there's
still enough fishing to be had.
Customer Mark has been down at Venus Bay making the most of the salmon run, with more fish to around 2kg caught on lures over the weekend. While strong
winds have meant constant gutter and bar movement, the fish are still around and hungry. Customer Dimitri got down to Gunnamatta beach and got into
some nice fish on bluebait and surf poppers over the weekend also.
Speaking of Gunnamatta, it has been the best performing local beach with most anglers getting into good numbers of salmon. Staff member Don spent an afternoon
on the beach last week armed with a light and long spin rod and some Yakamito 'Angry bait' metals to land some nice salmon to around 900g. Constantly
moving along the beach in search of holding gutters and small pockets of fish was the key, as when one was caught there were generally a lot more around.
Members of the Keysborough Angling Club fished Gunnamatta last weekend for their surf competition with 9 anglers fishing the beach. Overall 25 salmon were
caught, which was good considering the rough conditions and strong winds present. The largest fish caught was just over 1.5kg which is excellent fun
on any gear - so even if the conditions are less than ideal there are still plenty of salmon to be caught.
For the bayside angler, the rough conditions have meant that there have been plenty of salmon about along the shore of the bay. Areas to try of late have
been around Sandringham, Mordialloc, Patterson rivermouth, Frankston and Mornington. Further south Mt Martha, Blairgowrie and Sorrento have all been
worth fishing depending on how far you want to drive. The fish have been somewhat larger further south, with some well over 2kg coming from piers like
Sorrento. Lure fishing for these landbased salmon is the go as the schools are constantly on the move in search of baitfish. If you're unsure of which
lures to try on light gear for long landbased-casting come in and talk to the team, as there are quite a few options.